Renaissance student sings National Anthem at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s “Jazz Concert”

Renaissance High School ninth-grader Rachel Grant had the distinguished honor of singing the National Anthem at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF ALC) Jazz Concert on September 19, 2013.

The Jazz Concert, hosted by Congressman John Conyers, Jr., was held from 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Thursday and is part of the Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference currently being held September 18-21, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Grant, who previously attended Ludington Magnet Middle School and is now a freshman at Renaissance, was recently selected to participate during the annual Jazz Concert to sing the National Anthem a cappella.

Through her vocal training with the renowned Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Grant was selected to perform through a highly competitive entry process. Mosaic’s all-teen performances have toured Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S., and have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, and was the subject of the Michigan Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary, And They Flew: The Story of Mosaic Youth Theatre.

Grant, the second of four children, began singing classic Motown three-part harmonies with her siblings around the house at the age of 3, which prompted her to join the children’s choir of her church. Grant aspires to attend New York University and go into the field of nursing while pursuing her dream of becoming a world renowned singer.

About the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Forum and Concert

Marking its 28th year, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. has continued to host the forum and concert as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference to celebrate and educate the public about jazz.

A few of the renowned guests who attended included legendary bassist, Dr. Larry Ridley and saxophonist Bobby Watson. Both were honored and presented with the “2013 CBCF ALC Jazz Legacy Award.”

For more information about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference, visit

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